Former UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks appeared recently on Ariel Helwani’s The MMA Hour and discussed division G.O.A.T. Georges St-Pierre. GSP won a highly controversial Split Decision over Hendricks at UFC 167 on November 16, 2013, and has only recently decided to fight again. Hendricks has moved up to middleweight after a series of weight cutting snafus and is coming off a Unanimous Decision win over Hector Lombard earlier this month.
“I am [surprised to see him back], I wish he would’ve stayed out,” said Hendricks as transcribed by Adam Guillen Jr. for MMA Mania. “But you know what, a competitor is always going to be a competitor and we’ll see how he comes back. I heard he might be coming to 185, so you know I do [want a piece].”
“So like I went through my rough period, and I did something and was able to bounce back. Whenever he went through his rough period, he got out. Yeah, you can train, yeah you could do these things, but has he done enough to where he is going to be able to come back a different fighter?”
“Time changes, it always does. One day, the time is going to change where I am not going to be able to compete with these guys anymore. It’s just the way that it is. Once I showed how to defeat Georges St-Pierre, I think people are going to start using that game plan and it’s going to be harder on him.”
“You look at Chuck Liddell and Randy Couture, these guys that didn’t stay out when they were on top. They come back and are not the same fighter. Three and a half years, two years is a long time for someone to decrease or for everyone else to move up.”